Upcoming NASA/CSI Event

20 Jan

Next week I’m off to my hometown of Huntsville, AL for an event at the US Space and Rocket Center’s Museum. For a kid who grew up with the Space Program and building rockets in the backyard, this event is personally very special. I’m still amazed NASA invited me to open the Museum’s newest exhibit, CSI: The Experience. I can’t wait.


Here is the press release from Space Camp News:

Huntsville native, physician and noted author D.P. Lyle to open new exhibit at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center®

HUNTSVILLE, AL – Award winning author and consultant for many crime-related books and television programs, Dr. D.P. Lyle, will officially open the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s newest exhibit, CSI: The Experience, on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at 9:00 A.M.

Dr. Lyle, a cardiologist in Orange County, California for the past 30 years, has authored four books on forensic science and served as a consultant on such television programs as Westside Medical, Law and Order, Monk, House, CSI: Miami, and others.

In addition to the opening ceremony, Dr. Lyle will also give a presentation about how the real world of crime scene investigators and forensic science is portrayed on television and in the movies. Do they get it right? Dr. Lyle will address that question in Forensic Science: Hollywood Versus the Real World. The discussions are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. in the Davidson Center’s 3-D Theater, and are open to the public with paid admission to the exhibit. He will also discuss his next installment in the Dub Walker novel series set in Huntsville, Hot Lights, Cold Steel. Dr. Lyle will also be available to autograph copies of his various books, several of which will be on-sale in the gift shop.

CSI: The Experience, a challenging and interactive exhibit created in collaboration the popular CBS Television series, will be open to the public from January 29th through May 1, 2011 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Visitors will be exposed to the real world of the crime scene investigator, and will have the chance to solve one of three mysteries represented in the exhibit. You’ll visit the crime scene, collect evidence, and see if you can add up the clues to actually solve the case!

Be among the very first in Huntsville to go behind the yellow tape and experience the drama, the excitement and the science of crime scene investigations. For advanced ticket sales and additional information, visit:

About the exhibit:
CSI: The Experience was developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Bob Weis Design Island Associates with support from CBS Consumer Products, the cast and crew of the television show, and the National Science Foundation. CSI: The Experience is an immersive, interactive forensic science exhibit created in collaboration with the hit TV series that invites people to use real science to solve hypothetical crimes in an exciting multi-media environment. The exhibit will be on display at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Huntsville Alabama January 29- May 1, 2011. Local sponsors of the exhibit include the City of Huntsville, the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Boeing, and the Best Western Rocket City Inn & Suites, and Group rates are available. Educator and Family Guides to the exhibit are available at and, respectively. Each guide is full of engaging activities and information to enhance the visit to the CSI: The Experience exhibit.
©2000-2010 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. and Entertainment AB Funding, L.L.C. All Rights Reserved.

About The U.S. Space & Rocket Center®:

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, located in Huntsville, Alabama, created by an Act of the Alabama State Legislature and operated by the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission, it’s members appointed by the Governor of Alabama, opened in March, 1970, to showcase Alabama’s and Huntsville’s leadership role in America’s manned space flight program, thus becoming the official Welcome Center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, also located in Huntsville. The USSRC operates SPACE CAMP® and AVIATION CHALLENGE®, providing world-renowned educational programs designed to foster interest in math, science and technology.

(NOTE: The contact for this release is Al Whitaker, Media Relations Manager, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama. 256-721-7160. Email: . Digital stills and video are available to news media upon request.)

My schedule including a TV show and a couple of radio interviews can be found HERE.

Try to stop by or tune in if you get a chance.


Posted by on January 20, 2011 in General Forensics, Writing


10 responses to “Upcoming NASA/CSI Event

  1. Rin

    January 21, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I wish I didn’t live thousands of miles away, I would so be there!


  2. Dorothy St. James

    January 21, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Congratulations! That’s too exciting. Growing up, I always wanted to attend Space Camp. I hear they have one for adults now. I’m going to have to put Huntsville on my to-visit list.


    • Charity

      January 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Dorothy, Adult Space Camp is a very cool experience, especially if you were not able to attend as a child.


  3. B L Lindley Anderson

    January 21, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Welcome to Huntsville. I look forward to your discussions with great interest. I’m a stone’s throw from the space museusm, which makes me feel as if I have a rocket in my back yard. This promises to be a great exhibit, particularly with a knowledgable speaker attending.


  4. W. S. Gager

    January 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    What a great opportunity. Visiting the Space Center as a teen was one of my most memorable experiences from our family vacation. Combining space and CSI wouldn’t be one of my first thoughts but it really goes together nicely. Wish I were closer! Have a great time!
    W.S. Gager


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      January 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      And NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center in Huntsville has made several groundbreaking contributions to the field of forensic science–one being the VISAR system for enhancing images and videos.


  5. Marni Graff

    January 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    What a great tribute to you, Dr. Lyle, and I know you will be the well-deserved highlight of the camp! Have a wonderful time inspiring and explaining, as you do for so many of us~


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      January 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks, but to me this is actually a tribute to all the wonderful and very smart folks at the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. From the scary days of Sputnik to the heady days of Armstrong’s July 20, 1969 stroll on the moon to today’s on-hold-but-hopefully-not-dead Constellation Program–if the nabobs in DC will quit defunding it. I’m just happy to be a part of celebrating their amazing work.


  6. Wally Lind

    January 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Very very cool, Doc! I grew up hanging on everything that came from NASA, and hero worshipping the Mercury Seven. And I was also a police officer\CSI. VERY NICE!



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